UPDATE: Thousands still without power in the wake of Monday's storm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Michiana is still feeling the effects of the severe weather that hit the area Monday night.

A utility company says some Michiana residents may endure power outages until Friday.

As of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, I&M is reporting 16,000 local folks are in the dark --- about 70 percent of that number is in St. Joe County.

Nipsco is still working to restore power to 1,700 homes and businesses -- primarily across Kosciusko and Elkhart Counties.

And Midwest Energy Cooperative says 1,100 of its customers in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties remain off the grid.
While folks across the area wait for crews to turn their lights back on, local businesses are also taking a hit.

The Kroc Center had to close its doors for the day and asked members to check their website or Facebook page for updates on when their power will be restored.

The cash registers were also quiet at the Save-A-Lot on Chapin Street after the storms knocked electricity to the store.

NIPSCO says winds gusted as high as 80 mph during the storms.

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